When you want to try to avoid using social media so much, starting selling online is probably not the best idea!
In between attending to digital matters this piece I posted on 27/11 has progressed a bit and I just had a "turn it on its side revelation"! The text [if you can read it at this size] is an Anne Sexton quote;
“I am alone here in my own mind.
There is no map
and there is no road.
It is one of a kind
just as yours is.”
Anyway, this post is just a distraction from doing my Christmas shopping!
Seems an apt title given the connections I draw between random bits of wall; ghost signs, graffiti removal and the general wear and tear of concrete, wood and paintwork. It has certainly fed my Instagram feed and seems to be the direction any painting I do wants to go. So I think I'll just give in and follow it.
I must stop using my phone to photograph these things!
Mixed media on board 14.5" x 14.5"
Sigh... After a couple of sales I have come to realise that I can't afford to absorb the cost of postage on print sales. Sorry about that.
I've also been asked for bigger prints a couple of times now. I will attempt to shoot any future images at a higher resolution [or shoot walls in smaller parts and stitch them together to overcome my camera's shortcomings!] but for now any images already on sale just won't stand being printed at a larger size.
I have added this image, which is a digital manipulation of RF_0025 and is available as a 36" x 24" limited edition of 10 at £125.00
After a break from this I've gone off the gold leaf taxi route idea [although you can still see a bit of it at the moment] and think I'll use the "knowledge" idea in another form later. The digital stuff has taken up more time than I'd hoped so it's nice to be painting again.
The brutal truth is there aren't enough hours in the day. I've created a separate business account for the Steve Wilde Prints Facebook page which I now need to spend time generating a following as big as my normal account on! And I still can't get why my account isn't eligible for tagging on Instagram either. Anyway I managed to take some screen breaks and make this. Mostly acrylic on canvas with a few charcoal and oil stick embellishments.
Other than promoting the thing I think the Shopify store has stopped dominating my time at last. Started this today. Left, acrylic base colours. Right, first layers of oil [base colours again], some gold leaf [not that you can tell from this shot] and textural scratches. This has to build up until the gold leaf is the thinnest of lines showing through a crack in the surface.
Finally got the Shopify store live. See the link, top right. I also have it linked to Facebook page and am trying to get it connected to Instagram, not so successfully. Consequently nothing else of any artistic merit has happened of late, unless you count decorating the hall.
Experimenting with adding type to an abandoned "Knowledge" painting with the aid of a projector. They need to be bigger but as it's a cheap projector the results are pretty pixellated so will only get worse larger. I should just practice doing them freehand! And turn that bloody light down.
A couple of sketchbook doodles too...
Some [possibly] random postings to remind myself what I've been doing.